Henning, Lawrence, McNeill New Additions to Watch List for The Bowerman

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

March 3, 2010   

The Bowerman logoNEW ORLEANS –The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday the second update of the official watch list for The Bowerman as selected by The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee.  LSU’s Walter Henning, Georgia’s Torrin Lawrence, and Northern Arizona’s David McNeill are among the 10 on the official watch list heading into the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The 10 men on the current official watch list have accomplished seven collegiate-leading marks thus far this season. In addition, the group has claimed two collegiate records and two American-leading marks.

The Bowerman Advisory Board appointed four of its members to comprise The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee and another four of its members to make up The Bowerman Women’s Watch Committee. The committee will release its next update, following the NCAA Indoor Championships, on Wednesday, March 17.

The three men and three women finalists will be named on July 13.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the recently-debuted trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org. Keep up with Bowerman candidates on the USTFCCCA’s weekly results page (http://www.ustfccca.org/weekly-results) and by following the organization’s twitter feed twitter.com/TheBowerman.


(updated, March 3, 2010, listed in alphabetical order)





Jeshua Anderson JR Washington State Hurdles
Ronnie Ash JR Oklahoma Hurdles
Sam Chelanga RS JR Liberty Distance
Ashton Eaton SR Oregon Combined Events
German Fernandez SO Oklahoma State Distance
Walter Henning JR LSU Throws
Torrin Lawrence SO Georgia Sprints
David McNeill SR Northern Arizona Distance
Andrew Wheating SR Oregon Distance
Ryan Whiting SR Arizona State Throws


Also Receiving Mention

Aaron Braun SR (ind.) Adams State Distance
Charles Clark SR Florida State Sprints
Will Claye SO Oklahoma Jumps
Jason Colwick SR Rice Pole Vault
Lee Emanuel SR New Mexico Distance
Ricky Flynn SR Lynchburg Distance
Ryan Foster JR Penn State Mid-Distance
Ramon Gittens JR St. Augustine’s Sprints
Tabarie Henry JR Texas A&M Sprints
Trindon Holliday SR (ind.) LSU Sprints
Bryce Lamb FR Texas Tech Jumps
Ngonidzashe Makusha JR Florida State Jumps
Scott Roth JR Washington Pole Vault
Ramon Sparks JR Abilene Christian Jumps



Jeshua Anderson, Jr., Washington State,
Hurdles, Woodland Hills, Calif., Taft HS

Anderson notched a 46.38 indoor personal best over 400 meters in earning runner-up honors at the MSPF Championships, a mark that ranks No. 10 in the NCAA this season …Anderson, the 400-meter hurdle standout in the outdoor season, has put together a solid start to the 2010 indoor campaign and has tallied a season best of 8.04 in the short-distance hurdles.

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
60mH Jan 16 8.08 p WaSt Open Pullman, Wash.
Jan 16 8.10 1 WaSt Open Pullman, Wash.
Jan 23 8.04 p SB Cougar Inv Pullman, Wash.
Jan 23 8.08 2 Cougar Inv Pullman, Wash.
400m Jan 30 47.83 7 TAMU Chal College Station, Texas
Feb 13 47.24 OT 2 Husky Cl Seattle, Wash.
Feb 27 46.38 OT 2 iPB (AC) MPSF Seattle, Wash.
4×400 Feb 27 3:09.35 OT lead-off 3 MPSF Seattle, Wash.

Ronnie Ash, Jr., Oklahoma,
Hurdles, Raleigh, N.C., Knightdale HS/Bethune-Cookman

Ash blazed to a 7.59 collegiate-leading mark in the 60-meter hurdles in winning his first Big 12 Championship last weekend in Ames … Ash’s performance not only helped the Sooners to a Big 12 team title, but it also placed him among the all-time top 10 collegians in the event.

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
60mH Jan 23 7.82 p Razorback Fayetteville, Ark.
Jan 23 7.87 2 Razorback Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb 5 7.81 p New Bal New York, N.Y.
Feb 5 7.74 3 New Bal New York, N.Y.
Feb 12 7.77 p Tyson Inv Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb 12 7.79 1 Tyson Inv Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb 20 7.79 p Sooner Inv Norman, Okla.
Feb 20 7.88 3 Sooner Inv Norman, Okla.
Feb 26 7.80 p Big 12 Ames, Iowa
Feb 27 7.59 1 CL, PB Big 12 Ames, Iowa

Sam Chelanga, RS Jr., Liberty,
Distance, Nairobi, Kenya, Bartolimo HS/Fairleigh Dickinson

Chelanga picked up two Big South titles this season and helped his squad grab their 13th-straight conference title with runs in the 3000 meters and the DMR … Currently, Chelanga’s 5000-meter time of 13:44.16 ran at the Tyson Invitational ranks No. 2 in the NCAA this year.

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
Mile Jan 22 4:07.15 1 PB Hokie Inv Blacksburg, Va.
3000m Feb 27 8:14.07 1 SB Big South Clemson, S.C.
5000m Feb 12 13:44.16 1 SB Tyson Inv Fayetteville, Ark.
DMR Feb 28 10:06.90 1 Big South Clemson, S.C.

Ashton Eaton, Sr., Oregon,
Combined Events, Bend, Ore., Mountain View HS

Eaton topped the collegiate record in the heptathlon at Texas A&M in late January with a 6,256-point performance over the two days and seven events … Eaton is currently the American leader and only trails Russia’s Aleksey Drozdov (6,300) for the 2010 world lead … at the MPSF Championships in Seattle, Eaton claimed scoring positions in the pole vault (fourth) and as a member of the Ducks’ 4×400-meter relay team (second).

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
HEPT Jan 28-29 6,256 1 CR, CL, AmL TAMU Chal College Station, Texas
( 6.78 – 7.66m [25-1¾] – 12.56m [41-2½] – 2.07m [6-9½] / 7.86 – 4.96m [16-3¼] – 2:38.02 )
60m Jan 28 6.78 H PB TAMU Chal College Station, Texas
LJ Jan 28 7.66m 25-1¾ H SB TAMU Chal College Station, Texas
SP Jan 28 13.05m 42-9¾ 15 PB MPSF Seattle, Wash.
HJ Jan 28 2.07m 6-9½ H SB TAMU Chal College Station, Texas
60mH Jan 28 7.86 H PB TAMU Chal College Station, Texas
PV Feb 26 5.26m 17-3 4 PB MPSF Seattle, Wash.
1000m Jan 29 2:38.02 H PB TAMU Chal College Station, Texas
4×400 Feb 27 3:07.61 2nd leg 2 MPSF Seattle, Wash.

German Fernandez, So., Oklahoma State,
Distance, Riverbank, Calif., Riverback HS

Fernandez clocked a 7:51.02 (OT) over 3000 meters at the Husky Invitational for the third-best time run among collegians this season … Fernandez qualified for the Big 12 final of the mile run, but pulled out during the race.

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
Mile Feb 26 4:06.44 OT p SB Big 12 Ames, Iowa
Feb 27 DNF f Big 12 Ames, Iowa
3000m Feb 13 7:51.02 OT 3 SB Husky Inv Seattle, Wash.

Walter Henning, Jr., LSU,
Throws, Kings Park, N.Y., St. Anthony’s HS/North Carolina

Henning broke the SEC Championship meet record with a 78-1 (23.80m) collegiate-leading toss to win back-to-back SEC crowns in the event … Henning’s toss also places him among the top five collegiate performers all-time in the event … Henning also scored a fifth-place showing with the shot at the SEC meet.

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
SP Feb 28 16.48m 54-1 5 SB SEC Fayetteville, Ark.
WT Jan 22 21.76m 71-4¾ 1 LSU Purple Baton Rouge, La.
Jan 30 23.06mA 75-8 1 NewMex Inv Albuquerque, N.M.
Feb 6 23.33m 76-6½ 1 NewBal Inv New York, N.Y.
Feb 27 23.80m 78-1 1 CL, PB SEC Fayetteville, Ark.

Torrin Lawrence, So., Georgia,
Sprints, Jacksonville, Fla., Andrew Jackson HS

Lawrence has been making headlines all season … The sophomore shocked the country with a 32.32, 300-meter race at the Hokie Invitational for an all-time collegiate best in late January … for an encore, Lawrence ran a collegiate-leading 45.03 at the Tyson Invitational over 400 meters to now rank No. 5 all-time in the world indoors and as the No. 3 collegian all time … Lawrence has also been responsible for splits of 45.00 and 45.04 for the Bulldog 4×400-meter relay team … Lawrence won the SEC 400m title in a meet record of 45.10 to become only the third person in history to run under 45.10 indoors twice (Michael Johnson, Danny Everett).

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
200m Jan 16 21.19 OT 1 UK Inv Lexington, Ky.
Feb 6 20.80 1 SB VT Elite Blacksburg, Va.
300m Jan 22 32.32 1 CR, PB Hokie Inv Blacksburg, Va.
400m Feb 5 46.66 1 VT Elite Blacksburg, Va.
Feb 12 45.03 1 iWL, AmL, CL, PB Tyson Inv Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb 28 45.10 1 SEC Fayetteville, Ark.
4×400 Feb 6 3:09.96 3rd leg 2 (45.04 split), SB VT Elite Blacksburg, Va.
Feb 13 3:10.42 3rd leg 8 (45.00 split) Tyson Inv Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb 28 3:22.51 2nd leg 10 (46.05 split) SEC Fayetteville, Ark.

David McNeill, Sr., Northern Arizona,
Distance, Melbourne, Australia, Xavier College

McNeill claimed two collegiate-leading marks in the distance events on back-to-back weekends … in mid-February, McNeill ran to a 7:47.52 (OT) win over 3000 meters at the Husky Classic in Seattle, marking the best time ever run by a collegian on an oversized track … the following weekend, McNeill claimed an altitude-hindered  14:17.92 clocking over 5000 meters for his second collegiate leader of the season (when converted to 13:39.32) … McNeill also picked up Big Sky titles in the 3000-meter run and the DMR during the indoor season.

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
Mile Jan 23 4:10.15A OT 1 Fri Night I Flagstaff, Ariz.
Feb 27 4:10.14 2 Big Sky Bozeman, Mont.
3000m Feb 13 7:47.52 OT 1 CL (AC), PB Husky Seattle, Wash.
Feb 27 8:11.93 1 Big Sky Bozeman, Mont.
5000m Feb 19 14:17.92A OT 1 NAU TuneUp Flagstaff, Ariz.
13:39.32cA CL (AC)
DMR Feb 26 9:52.85 anchor 1 Big Sky Bozeman, Mont.

Andrew Wheating, Sr., Oregon,
Distance, Norwich, Vt., Kimball Union Academy

Wheating started his season on February 13 with a collegiate-leading 1:46.36 (OT) clocking over 800 meters at the Husky Classic in Seattle … at the MPSF Championships last weekend, Wheating won the mile crown with a 3:58.20 (OT) clocking, that ranks No. 4 in the NCAA,  on that same track in Seattle.

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
800m Feb 13 1:46.36 OT 1 CL (AC), PB Husky Seattle, Wash.
Mile Feb 27 3:58.20 OT 1 PB MPSF Seattle, Wash.

Ryan Whiting, Sr., Arizona State,
Throws, Harrisburg, Pa., Central Dauphin HS

Whiting is the current collegiate leader in the shot put, having thrown 70-7¼ (21.52m) at the Tyson Invitational in February … Whiting is currently No. 3 in the world standings for the 2010 and is the second-best performer in America thus far this season … Whiting finished second at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque last weekend, earning him a berth on the IAAF Indoor World Championship team … Unfortunately, the world championship conflicts with the NCAA Indoor Championship.

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
SP Jan 30 20.57mA 67-6 1 Mountain T’s Flagstaff, Ariz.
Feb 6 21.24mA 69-8¼ 1 NewMex Cl. Albuquerque, N.M.
Feb 13 21.52m 70-7¼ 1 CL, SB Tyson Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb 28 21.03mA 69-0 2 USATF Albuquerque, N.M.
WT Jan 30 18.94mA 62-1¾ 3 PB Mountain T’s Flagstaff, Ariz.